Sep 18 2012 By Chris Longhurst
London Philharmonic Orchestra will perform live at a screening of Fantasia at the Royal Albert Hall.
A GROUNDBREAKING marriage of symphonic music and animation is to be brought to life by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The world famous collection of musicians have been given the honour of performing the premiere of Disney’s Fantasia live on stage at the Royal Albert Hall.
Merging the two existing films Fantastia and Fantasia 2000, the concert which features a matinee and evening performance, takes place on Sunday October 21.
A selection of the magnificent repertoire from the films, including Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue will be performed live, while iconic moments from Disney’s footage including Mickey Mouse dabbling with magic in Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice will be shown on a high definition screen.
Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall, says: “We are delighted to present the UK premiere of these live orchestral performances of Disney’s Fantasia at the Royal Albert Hall, the world’s most famous stage.
“Over 70 years since its original release, Disney’s stunning visuals and Leopold Stokowski’s timeless soundtrack continue to be treasured by audiences of all ages.
“These high-definition screenings, accompanied by the live performance of some of the most memorable classical music ever composed, will bring this unforgettable experience to an entirely new generation.”
The London Philharmonic Orchestra, recognised today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage, was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham.
Disney’s Fantasia is the latest film to be presented with a live orchestra as part of a unique cinematic experience at the Royal Albert Hall.
It follows the successful sold out performances of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Matrix and will follow the European premiere of the 50th Anniversary of West Side Story in June.
Shows are at 2.30pm and 6.30pm and tickets cost from £15-£55. Call the box office on 0207 5898212 or visit www.royalalberthall.com